Hiker Intro

Why the Heck Am I Doing This?

Why the Heck Am I Doing This?

I heard about this walking thing in March... One month earlier I had it all figured out. I was gymming every day, pushing and sitting up every night.  I probably...

Jun 26, 2018 : Jenni Thompson
From Never Backpacking to Springer in Two Months

From Never Backpacking to Springer in Two Months

Up until mid-December 2017 I had never backpacked in my life. This is my story of how I decided, planned, and hit the Appalachian Trail in two months as well...

Apr 24, 2018 : Danny Strayer
Horizon of a Thru-Hike: QAF and Prep

Horizon of a Thru-Hike: QAF and Prep

Greetings friends, family, old acquaintances, and AT community. If you’re reading this, you’re supporting my thru-hike already, so thanks. Welcome to my blog, the canvas for my musings, insights,

Apr 17, 2018 : Carl Stanfield
Hey, Ya’ll : What I’ve Been up to, Why I’m Hiking the PCT

Hey, Ya’ll : What I’ve Been up to, Why I’m Hiking the PCT

Why I hiked the Appalachian Trail:            Every thru-hiker gets the question “Why are you hiking the (insert trail name here)?” Perhaps this inquiry is easier for some and more difficult...

Apr 9, 2018 : Peanut
Doubts, Sure. But Grateful for This Path

Doubts, Sure. But Grateful for This Path

Phew! It's about damn time. One more month to go. One more month until I begin my second thru-hike. One more month until I realize again the true freedom experienced...

Apr 2, 2018 : Greg Simpson
“Because It’s There”: My Personal Everest

“Because It’s There”: My Personal Everest

Every person I come into contact with who hears that I plan on hiking the full Appalachian Trail asks me why I do it. To quote mountaineer George Mallory: “Because...

Mar 13, 2018 : Jenna Petersen
Faith Is a Step Toward Your Dreams

Faith Is a Step Toward Your Dreams

Thank you for joining me on my adventure of a lifetime. As I prepare to hike the 2,200 miles from Georgia to Maine, I hope that every step will not...

Jan 27, 2018 : Khalil Karl
Never Stop: Journey In Potential

Never Stop: Journey In Potential

Well here goes... I leave for the Appalachian Trail on January 28th, 2018 and I have no idea what I’m getting myself into... In 2015 I stumbled on a video by National...

Jan 24, 2018 : Michael Papadatos
Hip Surgery Behind Him,  Thru-Hike Comes Into Focus

Hip Surgery Behind Him, Thru-Hike Comes Into Focus

I got interested in camping in an unlikely manner. When I graduated high school, I joined the Army for a two-year enlistment. While on maneuvers in West Germany, I began...

Jan 20, 2018 : Victor Perrotti
To Bring Or Not To Bring: Flip-Flop Preparations

To Bring Or Not To Bring: Flip-Flop Preparations

To bring or not to bring... that is the question. Along with flip-flop preparations (but we will get to that shortly). First of all, introductions are in order. My name...

Jan 16, 2018 : AJ